As Women in Construction Week (March 4-10, 2018) hosted by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) nears an end, we at PWI Construction want to thank the women committed to the profession and lending their talents to us and the industry as a whole.
Women in Construction Spotlight: Meet Christian
Christian is located at our corporate headquarters in Las Vegas and has been with PWI Construction since 2016. We sat down with Christian to learn more about how she got into the construction field and her day-to-day life.
How many years have you been in the construction industry? What role(s) have you held? What are you responsible for in your current role?
I have been in the construction industry for five years – eight years if you include my time in school and taking part in internships. Since beginning my professional career, I’ve been a Project Engineer. The duties of a Project Engineer change depending on the needs of the project. I’ve tracked concrete pours in a “ground-up” Casino, tracked doors, tracked procurement in general, acted as a quality manager, and as an assistant superintendent and assistant project manager. My job is and has always been to aid in maintaining a smooth and accurate flow of information for any given project.
Why did you enter into construction? What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I’ve always been attracted to architecture, but when pursuing architectural design, I was constantly curious about how the architectural wonders were made. It may suffice for some to draw a pretty picture and demand it be done, but I have a great interest in how it’s done. To me, if you know how it’s done, you can then find a way to do it better or with a different aesthetic.
The people I meet are fascinating and incredibly varied in attitude and circumstance.
What makes construction an exciting career field?
What makes construction exciting and interesting is always what makes it stressful. It’s ever changing and ever evolving with a set of rock-solid fundamentals that tend to repel any change. It’s not a lack of innovation or a refusal to think outside the box which is how it sometimes seems, but a desire to stick with what works because what works will get you a happy client and more projects in the future. Seeing that fundamental mindset interact with changes in technology, market, and client expectations can be thrilling.
Do you have any furry friends?
I have a 6-year-old White German Shepherd named Abby. She’s delightful and once she knows you, is the sweetest shedding machine you’ve ever met.